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With Alex Swetlow & Jan Knig (Co-founders, JOVO) & Michael Wang (Dir. of Technology, FreshDigitalGroup).
Thursday, December 07, 2017 at 07:00 PM   Absolutely Free
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7:00 - 7:30pm Food + Networking

7:30 - 8:00pm "Lessons learned from Building Cross-Platform Voice Apps for Alexa & Google Assistant" byAlex Swetlow & Jan Knig, founders of JOVO

8:00 - 8:30pm "How to make your Alexa Skills work on Cortana - Whats involved?" byMichael Wang, Director of Technology, FreshDigitalGroup

8:30 - 9:00pm Q&A

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Details of the talk:

Lessons learned from Building Cross-Platform Voice Apps for Alexa & Google Assistant

In this talk, similarities & differences of developing voice apps for Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant will be discussed. The creators of Jovo will present learnings from developing the open source framework for cross-platform development, & talk about advantages of both voice platforms. Additionally, they will share findings from their own voice app development projects & opportunities for tool & skill developers.

How to make your Alexa Skills work on Cortana - Whats involved?

This discussion with cover the intricacies of Alexa & Cortana & why it is so different to develop on those two platforms. There are many technical details & challenges to developing skills across platforms, & Michael will talk about how to make a skill for both platforms with the least effort.This conversation will also break down Alexa & Cortana unique elements & why some clients prefer to make skills on Cortana vs. Alexa. In addition to that, Michael will cover interesting trends in the voice space as they are constantly growing & evolving. In addition to all of this, Michael will break down how Fresh Digital Groups Data Management Platform (DMP) will help the process of cross-platform skill development.


Alex Swetlow & Jan KnigFounders of Jovo Jovo, the first open source framework that helps developers to build apps that work on both Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant with only one code base. Jovo is based in Berlin & was one of 8 voice companies to go through the voicecamp accelerator by betaworks in NYC. On top of the framework, the team is working on an API that allows developers to create multimodal user experiences. You can learn more about Jovoand find the free framework here:

Michael WangDirector of Technology, FreshDigitalGroup With over 400 live skills among Alexa, Cortana, & Google Home, Michael Wang & Fresh Digital Group have pioneered their way through the voice landscape & its various platforms in this new connected age. As the Director of Technology at Fresh Digital Group, the premiere experienced voice interaction design & development studio, Michael oversees his teams as they execute projects at different scales, & design & implements comprehensive systems. He graduated from Purdue University in Indiana where he received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science with a concentration in system programming. He received his Masters degree in Management & Systems from NYU. You can learn more about FreshDitigalGroup

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